The Great Gatsby Ch. 8

What is the cause of the problem between Jordan and Nick? After witnessing everything from the previous day, any connection or romance seems dead now. They never really liked each other that much, anyway, so it’s not a big loss for either when they fail to connect.
Why was the young Gatsby drawn to Daisy? He liked that other men wanted her and he also liked the glamour of her house.
In what context do Dr. Eckleburg’s eyes appear in this chapter? Wilson believes the billboard’s eyes are literally the eyes of God and that God has seen and judged the sinful acts of the people in the valley of the ashes.
When Wilson disappears for three hours, where do you guess he might have gone? (You won’t know forcertain until later.) To church? To drink? To work on funeral arrangments? Make your own prediction or guess.
Gatsby asks the groundskeeper not to drain the pool. Why? He realizes that the entire summer season has passed and he hasn’t once taken a swim in his own pool. He decides today is the day to take a swim while he waits for Daisy’s call.
In light of what happens at the very end of this chapter, how is this exchange, regarding the pool, symbolically meaningful? Summer is officially over, but Gatsby just can’t let go. He wants to live in the past, not accepting the change of time, change of seasons. He’s lost Daisy, but he’s still delusionally waiting to hear from her.
How can Wilson’s actions at the end of this chapter be explained? He mistakenly believes that Gatsby is the one who killed his wife, so he hunts him down and shoots him. Wilson, unable to face the horror of what he’s done, then turns the gun on himself.
What were Nick’s final significant words to Gatsby? Nick said, “They’re a rotten crowd. You’re worth the whole damn bunch put together.”
Why are Nick’s final words a fitting goodbye? It’s true. The irony, of course, is that Gatsby wanted so desperately to be a part of this elite group that is actually filled with selfish, lousy people.
What does Wilson find that arouses his suspicions of Myrtle? What could this symbol imply? He finds an expensive dog leash in Myrtle’s drawer. It is fitting that Tom bought Myrtle a leash since he treats her like a pet. It is also interesting to put this dog leash up against the expensive pearls he bought for Daisy.

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